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The dance floor and 180 beats per minute

Saif Ali Khan is doing it now and that too for potato chips but Anubhav has been earning his bread, butter and more by teaching people salsa for more than five years. It’s been three years since he has been boarding Shatabdi in the mornings to come down to Chandigarh on weekends for… “just dancing some more.”
“All you need to learn salsa is high heeled shoes and a single piece of clothing,” says Anubhav, who was just your regular lad before salsa took over his life. Salsa in Spanish means sauce and in this context, Anubhav explains, it refers to the flavour or the style. Some more gyan comes our way. “Salsa patterns typically use three steps during each four beats, one beat being skipped. However, this skipped beat is often marked by a tap, a kick, a flick, etc. Typically the music involves complicated percussion rhythms and is fast with around 180 beats per minute,” says Anubhav.
Anubhav went to learn dancing as a hobby after finishing college in 1997. He joined Fitness Planet in Panchseel Park in South Delhi and then began to teach there. “Opposition, yes that came my way rather keeps coming my way even now. People ask me what will I do when I turn 35,” says the Delhite who started out by earning Rs 40 per hour and now has graduated to Rs 5,000 n one day for seven hours.
But isn’t that too taxing? Does not seem so to Anubhav who simply shrugs off the question with a “Nah!!”
Well, Anubhav also teaches kickboxing, five days a week for four hours each so may be he does not find it taxing rather relaxing.
He has taught housewives, held workshops for MNCs and BPOs, college students come to him regularly and but has been unsuccesful in getting his family hooked. “I am trying,” he says. As a parting note Anubhav says, “Life is very much like salsa. Not always fast and intense, it can also be slow and romantic or somewhere in between.”


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